Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 63
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 63

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 23, 1972
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_ - - J u I y 23, 1972 Sunday Gazctte-Mail · Ch«rl»$ton, West Virgin!* · Long, White Gown Late 20th Centurv Tradition By Bernadine Morris New York Times NEW YORK - The bride who puts aside her T shirt and blue jeans long enough to walk down the aisle in a traditional long white wedding dress might be surprised to know the tradition doesn't go back very long. From the 19th Century until the middle of the 20th, the preferred color was a light coffee shade "because brides always wanted to look pretty and they felt that stark white deadens the hair and dulls the glow in the eyes," according to Elizabeth Jachimowicz. Miss Jachimowicz, the currator of costumes at the Museum of the City of New York, has steeped herself in bridal lore in connection with a special exhibition called New York Brides, 1772 to 1972, that continues through Labor Day. The first dress in the exhibit, the one Elizabeth Van Kleeck wore at her marriage to Garret Lefferts on March 11, 1772, isn't even coffee colored. It's in pink brocade in keeping with the 18th Century tradition that the bride simply wear her best dress to h e r w e d d i n g , M i s s Jachimowicz explained. There was no such thing as a special wedding dress then. . "Every dress could be worn after the wedding -- the girls were much more practical then." Individualized wedding dresses didn't begin to appear until the 19th Century, but they were by no means obligatory. Dressmakers u s e d s u c h d e v i c e s a s detachable sleeves to adapt them to general use after the ceremony. It wasn't until the 1930's t h a t t h e w e d d i n g d r e s s became a single-occasion style "to be worn only once by the original owner," according to Miss Jachimowicz. It's a sign of the conspicuous consumption that grew out of the industrial r e v o l u t i o n a n d t h e e x - travagant life style t h a t developed, she observed. The gowns Miss Jachimowicz assembled from the museum's archives, which contain about 12,000 articles of dress for men, women and children, prove her point about opulence. The three from the last quarter of the 19th Century are elaborated with fringe and orange blossoms, lace and pearls. The one worn by Mrs. J. Frederick Crumbie in 1883 has an enormous bustle; the one chosen by Mrs. Stephen Higginson Tying in 1894 has an mous train and leg o' mutton sleeves. Actually the dresses, which i span the last 200 years, j roughly one to a decade, j provide a capsule view of i fashion developments during the period, including Greek- revival empire styles, hoop skirts and minis. The mini was worn by Judith Acosta at her wedding in Central Park Bridal Blue Old Custom "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.'' A familiar jingle for the bride-to-be. But where did the "something blue" part of it turn up? The sentiment, of a touch of blue comes down to us from the ancient Israelites, whose brides wore a blue ribbon on the shoulders of their robes. It. signified purity, fidelity and love. Now the bride may have any accessory ol her wearing apparel carry out the blue tradition, but garters have become the most popular item. The idea is believed to be linked to the traditional blue ribbon of the f a m o u s Order of the G a r t e r , oldest order of knighthood in the world. Originally this was a blue band run through a buckle and worn, by women of the Order, around the left arm. Now it's a broad diagonal across the chest, pinned with a jeweled brooch, as seen in portraits of the British nobility. Thus the blue ribbon and the g a r t e r h a v e b e c o m e associated with the bride's wearing apparel as a sign of good luck. Engrave Ring With Initials The engagement ring should not be engraved on the inside. The wedding band usually i s _the giver's initials first and then the date. If the bands are wide enough, by all means endearments engraved. Love to Paul Brno in 1969. It looks pretty dated. The most recent style was the one worn by Ellen Cabeen Murphy when she married Miner Warner last March. It resembles the empire dress of 1806 worn by Ann Ledyard at her wedding to Robert Bruce. But the show is symptomatic of social change too. In the early 1880's, the bride is a fragile, delicate creature meant to run a household. Towards the end of that century, she becomes a sign of her family's wealth and desire to show it off. Wedding dresses aren't nearly as ostentatious today, but they're still designed to make the b r i d e l o o k p r e t t y . THE SAFE PLACE for your valuables... SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES Now available af... City tonal Bank NO ' W A P ( ,f TOP :, A' ' O:jNI ifPvi-' 4000 McjcCorU. Avr., S f , chat OPEN S A T U R D A Y 9 'til 12 OPCN f R I D A Y S 9 A.M. 'til 7 p. 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Tell us your obility to pay, and we con work the terms to suit your pocketbook. 3 IDEAS! IDEAS! IDEAS!---Hundreds of people visit Woodrums' every week merely to look through our model rooms and floor settings. In this area only Woodrims' displays merchandise in real home-like settings, complete to drapery, fabrics, carpeting, and ceramic accessories. 8 4 IT'S C O N V E N I E N T TO SHOP AT W O O D R U M S ' -- T h e Parking lots near the store means that there is always plenty of room to park . . . no walking for several blocks, no struggling with small packages you want to take home. Courteously oper- oted and the most economical lots in town. Fiee parking with 2.50 purchase. 9 5 WOODRUMS' IS KNOWN FOR ITS COURTESY--Our so- lespeople wait upon you with a smile, our delivery men are clean and polite. We will go the furthest extremes to be nice to people. Our treatment of the public is reflected in our well kept rooms. 10. WOODRUMS' DELIVERY IS UNEXCELLED--We operate a fleet of large vehicles all of them in tip top condition. Our delivery men are skilled in the handling of fine furniture, and have placed home furnishings in every corner of West Virginia, and hav« extended their deliveries into every state touching the borders of West Virginia. Did you know that Woodrums' have delivered home furnishings to ALL states whicn include Hawaii and Alaska! INTERIOR DESIGNERS--There is no substutute for service and Woodrums' has a concentration of specialties. Our decorating staff offers the best in professional design and decoration. Woodrums' delivery men are skilled in handling fine furniture. We service what we sell. We stand 100% behind every article in our store. Woodrums' is proud of our wonderful service reputation and we intend to keep it! WOODRUM SERVICE IS A CHARLESTON BY-WORD-For 66 years we've been in the same city, selling the best in home furnishings, and servicing tKese same beautiful things. 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